We want to send a huge thank you to Braves fans in Knoxville and Chattanooga who braved some cold and wet weather to come out in huge numbers today to meet Mike Minor, Jo-Jo Reyes, James Parr, Jordan Schafer, Bruce Manno, Dave Brundage, and Otis Nixon, on day 10 of the Braves Caravan.
Our first stop of the day took us to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, where we met some really incredible kids and a wonderful staff. Check out this awesome video of the Braves and Homer having fun with one young patient at the hospital.
Next we headed to the Wild Wing Cafe, where a huge crowd of fans filled the entire restaurant… there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. We had a great Q & A with the fans, followed by an autograph signing. One of the best questions of the day went to Otis Nixon, when he was asked to talk about 1991 and his memories of that magical year. Check out some of his respone in the video below:
On the road again, the Braves Caravan headed to Chattanooga, to do an autograph signing at Hamilton Place Mall. We were overwhelmed by the love that Tennessee showed us today! We know your time is valuable, and for you to share some of it with us on this cold, rainy day really meant so much! Thank you again Tennessee!
Tomorrow, the Braves Caravan with Troy Glaus, Matt Diaz, Clint Sammons, Eric O’Flaherty, Frank Wren, and Glenn Hubbard on board, heads to Athens for an autograph signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Atlanta Highway from 4:00-5:30. Other stops earlier in the day including a season ticket holder luncheon and a school visit! Check out the entire schedule at braves.com/caravan!
Hall of Famer and Braves broadcaster Don Sutton joined Braves catcher Clint Sammons, and young pitching prospects Craig Kimbrel and Steve Marek in Birmingham for Day 8 of the Braves Caravan. It has been one week since the Braves Country Caravan began, and we’ve travelled all over the southeast… From Fort Benning, GA to Columbia, SC, to Nashville, TN, and Dalton, GA, Auburn, AL, and Stockbridge, GA – and so many more stops in between… what a great week we have had!
Day 8 started with a really rewarding stop at in Birmingham, where the Braves helped paint a Habitat for Humanity home. Painting along side us was Latoya, the homeowner who will move in to the house in just about a month. Her 5 year old son Novein enjoyed some McNuggets in the kitchen, while Latoya and the Braves painted two rooms nearby. Latoya, who was a Lab Tech for the US Navy, and her family were stationed in Sisonella, Italy from 2001-2006. While in Italy Latoya was a very active Red Cross volunteer and received awards from the Navy and the Red Cross for completing more than 2000 service hours. “I would like to say thank you for this opportunity. This is truly a blessing,” Latoya said. “Having our own house will change our lives, and we will be in a stable environment.” What amazing work Habitat for Humanity does, and we were so honored to take part in the build today for such a great family!
Here Latoya paints alongside Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrel and catcher Clint Sammons.
Next we headed to Academy Sports + Outdoors where a huge crowd waited! More than 800 fans came out today to meet the Braves, and we can’t thank them enough!! One fan brought a newspaper that he has had since 1986 – the year Hall of Famer Don Sutton won his 300th baseball game!! Check out his exchange with Don in the video below.
Day 8 is in the books, but we’re back out on the road on Monday! Braves manager Bobby Cox and All Star catcher Brian McCann and several other Braves will have lunch with season ticket holders, visit patients at the VA Hospital in Decatur and sign autographs at Publix in Suwanee. We recommend fans arrive at Publix early for this very popular lineup! The complete schedule is online at braves.com/caravan. Thank you again to everyone who has come out so far, and to everyone else, we hope to see you at a Caravan stop one day soon!
Day 5 of the Braves Caravan has come to a close! Braves players Peter Moylan, Eric O’Flaherty, and Brooks Conrad, Hitting Coach Terry Pendleton, General Manager Frank Wren, and alumni Zane Smith and Otis Nixon spent some time with fans at the Wild Wing Cafe, doing a Q & A and autograph session, and then we headed over to the Marsh Boys and Girls Club, where the team played a little ping pong, pool, and foosball. T.P.’s game of choice was pool, and he was great showing the kids how to aim and shoot. Peter Moylan and Otis Nixon engaged in a pretty competitive and very entertaining game of Ping Pong, which we have video evidence of below. A really fun time was had by all, and after some pizza was delivered for the bus ride, we boarded back up on the Braves Caravan to head back to Atlanta. DVDs on the way back included The Hangover, Old School, and a little of Will Ferrell’s greatest SNL hits. Tomorrow the Braves Caravan heads to Nashville – check out the schedule at www.braves.com/caravan! To our fans in the Nashville/Madison area, we hope to see you tomorrow! And to our fans in Charlotte – THANK YOU for a great day!
Our first stop today was at Wild Wings in Columbia, SC. A huge crowd came out to ask questions and get some good food.
The Q&A was conducted by Braves radio broadcaster Jim Powell. Participants were alumni Paul Assenmacher and Zane Smith and #2 Braves prospect Freddie Freeman.
Good stories about why players love Bobby so much, and how Freddie is progressing through the Braves system. Freddie spoke highly of his teammate and best friend, Jason Heyward and said he can live up to the hype.
Fantastic questions were asked by the knowledgable fans, prizes were handed out as were autographs from all the participants.
Will you be joing the Caravan on any of the stops???
What a great way to start the 2010 Braves Country Caravan with a visit to Fort Benning, Georgia. We had an incredible time with the men and women of the Wounded Warriors Batallion and Operation Homefront. And the Braves fans in Montgomery and Auburn – what a reception you gave us too! Kris Medlen, Freddie Freeman, and Chino Cadahia have a message for everyone we met today.
Thank you again for making the first day of the Braves Country Caravan such a success!
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has a message for fans in Auburn and Montgomery!Medlen, along with top Braves prospect Freddie Freeman and coach Chino Cadahia, will be at the Academy Sports + Outdoors stores in Auburn and Montgomery on Saturday, January 30 for the first day of the Braves Country Caravan. Hope to see you there!
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing – Montgomery
**CST 8610 Eastchase Pkwy, Montgomery AL 36117
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing – Auburn
**CST 2325 Bent Creek Road, Auburn AL 36830
Check out braves.com/caravan to see the entire Caravan schedule and find out when the Braves are coming to a town near you!
Several Braves were at the ballpark this morning hitting in the cages and throwing outside on the field. Braves coaches Terry Pendleton, Glenn Hubbard, and Brian Snitker were here as well, and they’re all looking forward to the Caravan! Tommy Hanson and Kris Medlen came in to throw, as did Peter Moylan, recently back in the USA from his home in Australia. Tommy had a message he wanted to share with fans, so check it out below! And if you want to hear the sound of Spring, check out the video of Clint Sammons in the cage!